In the ten years I’ve lived in San Francisco, I’ve had one trick-or-treater visit me on Halloween. The lack of doorbell rings wasn’t a big deal before having kids, but now that my children are at a prime trick-or-treating age, it’s time to figure out exactly where families in the city are going to show off their adorably costumed kids and collect their treats. I’ve polled moms from around the city, and here’s the scoop.
You can click on the name of each neighborhood below to pull up a Google map showing where it’s located in the city, or check out our interactive map at the end to find the hot spots closest to you.
Bernal Heights: The shops on Cortland hand out candy. Also check out the area around Precita Park on Treat St.
Cole Valley: Belvedere St. is shut down to cars because this street will be packed with trick-or-treaters.
Forrest Hill: This neighborhood off of Portola Dr. and Laguna Honda Blvd. will have trick or treaters all over.
Glen Park: Chenery between the central town area and Glen Park Canyon and Randall St are sure bets.
Jordan Park/ Laurel Heights: Jordan and Commonwealth Avenues between Geary and Euclid are closed to traffic.
Lake St. District: Walk along Lake St from 7th Ave to 22nd Ave. There will be plenty of kids all along the way.
Marina: Avila St. is closed off to traffic.
Miraloma Park: Rockdale Drive and Chaves (opposite direction from Miraloma Elementary school) is the place to go. Juanita Way near Chaves usually has houses ready for trick-or-treaters with way less of a crowd.
Noe Valley: Fair Oaks St. is blocked off around 22nd St., and walk along 24th St between Diamond and Church Streets. The shops on 24th St hand out candy, and you’ll notice which side streets are trick-or-treater ready.
NoPa: The neighborhood association has a party on Grove St. that’s closed off to car traffic.
Pacific Heights: Jackson St. is the place to go for trick or treating fun the whole family will enjoy.
Potrero Hill: The shops on 18th St. give out candy and many homes do, too.
Presidio Heights: Try the cul-de-sac of Presidio Terrace, then walk down Washington St.
Russian Hill: Leavenworth St. between Filbert and Lombard St. will have decorated houses ready for you.
St. Francis Wood: You’ll see lots of trick-or-treaters all over the neighborhood, which is bordered by Portola Dr. and Monterey Blvd.
Sea Cliff: Anywhere within this small enclave between 27th and 32nd Aves north of California St.
SoMa: The shops inside the Westfield Mall hand out candy, and the mall’s food court makes dinner a no-brainer.
Sunset: 28th Ave between Lincoln and Irving, and Wawona St. near Pine Lake Park is the spot.
West Clay Park: This tiny street off of Lake St. at the eastern start of Sea Cliff goes all out for the holiday.
West Portal: This family-friendly neighborhood will have plenty of trick-or-treaters. Visit the shops on West Portal Ave and follow the crowds.
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